Although it may have admittedly gone down as a decade of pure footballing frustration from the Three Lion’s point of view, the 1970’s nonetheless produced some of the finest players to ever grace the game itself.
Many of today’s very best stars simply owe their entire sporting philosophies to some of the important foundations laid during the 70s.
From the nation of Holland giving birth to the now well-known notion of ‘total football’ on the global scene, to the likes of Italy and West Germany proving as organised as ever right throughout the spine of their respective starting XI’s – it really is no surprise that some of the most legendary characters in world football made a name for themselves across this particularly enticing decade.
As the gentlemanly era of the 1960’s eventually moved on, making way for the introduction of the footballing ‘maverick’ – a player who dazzled fans and players alike with a brand new approach to the game seemingly unheard of before – the sport of football as we know it ultimately took on new meaning in the years that followed.
So then, in light of such a notion surrounding several faded stars of yesteryear, here are 50 of the best ever players from the 1970s…